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Donald Trump makes case for border wall to tackle 'humanitarian crisis'

US President Donald Trump will visit the US-Mexico border Camera IconUS President Donald Trump will visit the US-Mexico
Freda Brock | 09 January, 2019, 20:28

That said, both parties are in agreement on one thing: The government shutdown should end while discussions and debate over what to do about border security continue. About a quarter of USA agencies have been shut down since last month and hundreds of thousands of government workers are likely to miss pay checks this week.

Kimmel said there was a lot of debate about whether to air the President's address and so each network chose to play a disclaimer beforehand.

In an eight-minute address on Tuesday night carried live by all the major USA television networks, Mr Trump said the federal government remained shut because of the Democrats.

Multiple studies from social scientists and the libertarian think-tank Cato Institute have found that people here illegally are less likely to commit crime than US citizens, and legal immigrants are even less likely to do so.

Donald Trump has claimed the US-Mexico border crisis is a humanitarian one of "the heart and soul" in a plea to get funding for his wall.

To recap, in late December Donald Trump said he would refuse to sign any spending bill from Congress that didn't include over $5 billion to put towards building a wall at the southern USA border, effectively shutting down the US government for the time being.

But the networks also carried Democrats' response, after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer demanded equal time, predicting that Trump's speech would be "full of malice and misinformation".

Democrats passed legislation the day they took control of the House that offered $1.3 billion for border security, including physical barriers and technology along the US southern border.

Mr Trump asked those who "refuse to compromise" to "imagine if it was your child, your husband or your wife whose life was so cruelly shattered and totally broken". On Thursday he travels to the border. It's just not clear what good it will do him.

By using a Democratic majority to ram those bills through the House, Pelosi is hoping enough Senate Republicans back her up and abandon Trump's wall gambit.

Pelosi and Schumer reply to Trump's border wall speech - in full
ET, will be the Republican president's latest attempt to persuade Democrats to back his barrier on the southern border. The White House is reportedly asking networks to cover a speech by Trump following the border visit.

The number of illegal border crossings is down from 1.6 million in 2000 to fewer than 400,000 past year. Also noteworthy: The contingent of active-duty US troops at the border has been more than halved, dropping from a peak in the fall of about 5,900 to about 2,350 last week.

And research indicates that undocumented immigrants are much less likely to commit crime than native-born American citizens.

How much support does President Trump have?

"At the request of Democrats, it will be a steel barrier rather than a concrete wall".

Her fellow Republican senators, Susan Collins of ME and Cory Gardner of Colorado, issued similar appeals last week.

However, 77% of Republicans said they supported his refusal to approve a budget without taxpayer dollars for the US-Mexico border wall, according to the Reuters/Ipsos poll.

Though Mr Trump did not declare a national emergency on Tuesday night, analysts say he may still do so before the shutdown is resolved.

Democrats have rejected the idea as an illegal overreach of presidential authority but Republican lawmakers - who repeatedly challenged former president Barack Obama's attempts to exert executive authority - have been relatively quiet.

Such a dramatic escalation of the standoff might allow him to access military spending to fund his barrier, which remains un-built two years into his presidency.

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